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Ecks vs. Sever is one of the earliest first-person shooters for the Game Boy Advance Preceded only by Doom and Back Track which were released during the same month. and was developed by Crawfish Interactive. Based on an early script of the film Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, it is the first video game developed and released before the film it is based on had begun production. It is followed by the sequel Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, which having been released after the film, follows it more closely than the first game.


At the beginning of the game, players choose which character, Ecks or Sever, they wish to control. Both characters' plots intertwine and are given different level designs for each of their missions.

Gameplay is similar to other early FPSs such as Doom in that all of the graphics for enemies and weapons are 2D sprites in a 3D setting.

Critical response[]

Ecks vs. Sever received positive reviews. IGN gave the game an "outstanding" 9.0/10 and an Editor's Choice award, calling it "the best Game Boy Advance first person shooter to date" and "one of the best four player games made yet for the Game Boy Advance." The game received far more critical praise than the film on which it was loosely based, which is generally considered to be among the worst films ever made.

PlayStation 2 game[]

A PlayStation 2 game was in development by Zombie Studios slated for release on November 2002 but was eventually canceled.

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